In-reply-to » Does this sound reasonable for running small workloads? 🤔

@prologic@twtxt.net That sounds great. The only other container-level hosting service I’ve heard of is PikaPods which seems much more managed than cas.run would be. It has customizable tier-based pricing and the minimum specs are ¼ of a CPU core, 256 MB of memory, and “about 100 MB” of storage for $1/mo which seems awfully steep compared to a low-cost VPS. I don’t know if PikaPods offers an IPv4 reverse proxy or not.

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In-reply-to » @prologic I might have mentioned this already but you might want to look into MoneroPay for payment processing when you get to that point with cas.run. It's a completely self-hosted backend service for receiving and tracking Monero payments and it's written in Go.

Monero uses cryptography to make transactions anonymous and the coins completely fungible. With most cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, the transactions associated with an address are public and you can trace those coins all the way back to their origin. This means that not all coins are the same. For example, some exchanges won’t accept Bitcoin that comes from a mixer because they assume you’re doing something untoward.

With Monero, it’s not possible to trace any transactions with just an address. People can’t see what you’re spending your money on or where your coins came from. Transaction fees using Monero are also very small. It’s less than the equivalent of 1 cent in USD.

Minuscule transaction fees and anonymity make it the best choice in my opinion for buying goods and services online. Monero is much more like “digital cash” than Bitcoin, which I think is better described as “digital gold”.

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In-reply-to » @prologic I might have mentioned this already but you might want to look into MoneroPay for payment processing when you get to that point with cas.run. It's a completely self-hosted backend service for receiving and tracking Monero payments and it's written in Go.

Ahy is Monaro/XMR considered good / better btw? 🤔

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In-reply-to » Low-quality smartphone shots from today’s walk:

@movq@www.uninformativ.de Definitely better for them, yeah. :-)

Ah, interesting. Ui, that can hold some water. Certainly looks like a water level gauge to me. Maybe a precaution for a hundred-year flood or something like that. Or is there a dam nearby? Could be a facility to reduce damage in case it breaks.

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I took advantage of the last sunny, but also 25°C hot day and hiked in the woods. It was so much more pleasant in the forest than out in the sun. The wind could have been a long stronger with that heat. I was completely soaked.

At one point I thought I better grab my camera out of my backpack, so whenever something comes up, I’m ready. But I was too lazy and thought, well, I just wait until there is a nice subject and keep going instead. No joke, ten meters further I came across two squirrels. A red and a brown one, sitting on a tree at just one and three meters height two meters away from me. If I only had unpacked my bloody cam a few seconds ago! I just watched them sit on the tree and then tried to slowly strip my backpack and grad the cam. It was still booting up when they decided it was enough sitting around and climbed higher. What a silly move on my end, damn.

I tried to improvise some Lyse Street View, but felt really uncomfortable to photograph other people’s houses. Somehow my cam produced sooo many blurred shots on the way up still away from the village, it’s unbelievable. I scrapped nearly the entire project. Only very few survived. There were heaps of people on the mountain summit, so I quickly left again.

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https://lyse.isobeef.org/waldspaziergang-2024-04-14/

Looking forward to next week’s rain and temperature drop to 16°C or even 8°C.

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In-reply-to » QOTD: Hello Linux users, what do you use to monitor your network traffic?

@movq@www.uninformativ.de You could always keep it running in a detached tmux session and attach it when you see the spike. Processes that were recently using the netwotk stay in the list for 10 or 15 seconds after they’re finished so you don’t have to catch it in the act.

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In-reply-to » Low-quality smartphone shots from today’s walk:

@lyse@lyse.isobeef.org It’s probably better for them if they’re shy. 😅 But yeah, if they’re used to humans, they won’t run away so easily. At least the ducks won’t – the rails/moorhens do. 🤔

Ahh, I remember those Asperg shots. 😅👍

That whole area with the tunnels and basins is probably some sort of “retention basin” (Regenrückhaltebecken), with several levels to reduce the flow. There’s almost never a lot of water in there, though. Not sure if this structure just isn’t used anymore or if it’s too dry. There’s also this “pole”, it’s a bit hard to see, though:

https://movq.de/v/dd71ae14a5/a.jpg

Looks like they’re trying to measure the water height (Pegelstand)? The pole is super high and I doubt that any rainfall will ever reach the top of it. 🤔

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In-reply-to » After a bug in the Open Watcom OS/2 resource compiler has been fixed (imagine that – they still fix bugs related to OS/2! 🤯💚), I was able to make some more progress with the OS/2 GUI version of my little disk usage tool. It now has a menu bar and a dialog to open another directory:

There you go, multithreading. 🥳

I tested this in QEMU, which luckily supports throttling disk I/O, so I can make sure that scanning the disk actually takes a while.

https://movq.de/v/f714cfebff/pmdusage.mp4

(Still boggles my mind a bit. When OS/2 2.x came out, DOS was still the norm for us and I didn’t even know what multithreading was. I really didn’t appreciate this operating system enough back then – only now.)

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In-reply-to » Does this sound reasonable for running small workloads? 🤔

@mckinley@twtxt.net Yea the idea is micro costs to the consumer. No one really does this, that I know of, which is frustrating if you want to run a few small things without the overhead of a whole server or the operational efforts.

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In-reply-to » My printer will turn 18 years in a couple of months and will thus be allowed to drive a car.

@movq@www.uninformativ.de Even just consumer grade. Wow! I also only rarely print anything and I always got third-party toners, never was disappointed with them. Last year I noticed that we have an ink and toner shop in town and bought there. That actually exist over two decades now, but looks extremely inconspicuous.

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In-reply-to » Low-quality smartphone shots from today’s walk:

@movq@www.uninformativ.de Oh wow, how cool is that?! :-) Ducks over here are quite shy, unfortunately. In Ludwigsburg on the other hand they are very habituated to humans. I was very surprised to see that when visiting a mate. There were a bunch of them laying on the stairs and I tried to keep my distance to not scare them off. Didn’t dare to get closer than maybe five meters or so and was super happy that they stayed. That has always been impossible over here. After we proceeded, some tourists came by and stood a meter next to them or so. That was crazy for me to see. :-)

Yeah, walking next to a highway is torture. I try to avoid it as much as possible.

Nice! The third photo looks like a Kneipp basin. What’s that round tunnel? I love those moss-covered rocks, they just look so beautiful.

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In-reply-to » Does this sound reasonable for running small workloads? 🤔

You could get better value for money with a super cheap VPS without IPv4 connectivity but it wouldn’t be worth it if you didn’t need the extra resources as a VPS wouldn’t be practical with such low specs. It would also require significantly more effort on the part of the operator.

I would understand paying a small premium for using the lowest-cost tier, convenience, and especially if you operated a reverse proxy with IPv4 connectivity.

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In-reply-to » Low-quality smartphone shots from today’s walk:

@lyse@lyse.isobeef.org The ducks aren’t too scared of humans. Great story from the first days of Covid in 2020: There were so few humans out and about that the wildlife began to reclaim its place. Those ducks in particular waddled around near the shops – and one of them even went into the super market. 😃 Never seen that before or since.

That path leads to a highway, yeah. Or rather under a highway. 😅 The photo with the graffiti shows a short tunnel, the highway is on top of it. It’s usually annoyingly loud, so I don’t go there often.

Found some more older photos of the general area of the last shot: https://movq.de/v/885fb9c57b/

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In-reply-to » My printer will turn 18 years in a couple of months and will thus be allowed to drive a car.

@lyse@lyse.isobeef.org I’m surprised as well. It’s one of those big, clunky laser printers:

https://movq.de/v/8a3495c3c2/

But it’s not “industrial grade”, it was a normal consumer printer and cost about 370€. I changed the black toner once and nothing else. Admittedly, the color toners are “worn out” and don’t give great results anymore, but I can’t be bothered as I hardly print anything in color these days. It might be worth buying replacements now, though, before they go out of production. 🤔 It’s already impossible to buy original ones, but there are still 3rd party toners. (Wtf? Was this a super popular model?! 😂)

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In-reply-to » QOTD: Hello Linux users, what do you use to monitor your network traffic?

@mckinley@twtxt.net Ahh, right, nethogs, iftop, stuff like that. I forgot about those. 🥴 If I’m quick enough to open them, they’re pretty useful as well. (I’m just too slow most of the time and the thing hogging the net is already gone. 😅)

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Could a New Charge Double the Service-life of Li-Ion Batteries?
“An improved charging protocol might help lithium-ion batteries to last much longer,” writes Science Daily:

The best commercial lithium-ion batteries…have a service life of up to eight years. Batteries are usually charged with a constant current flow. But is this really the most favorable method? A new study by Prof. Philipp Adelhelm’s group a … ⌘ Read more

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Data Collected by the US Justice Department Exposed in Consultant’s Breach
DOJ-Collected Information Exposed In Data Breach Affecting 340,000
Information Collected

An anonymous reader shared this report from Security Week:

Economic analysis and litigation support firm Greylock McKinnon Associates, Inc. (GMA) is notifying over 340,000 individuals that their personal and medical information was compro … ⌘ Read more

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Will America’s Next Soldiers Be Machines?
Foreign Policy magazine visits a U.S. military training exercise that pitted Lt. Isaac McCurdy and his platoon of infantry troops against machines with camera lenses for eyes and sheet metal for skin:

Driving on eight screeching wheels and carrying enough firepower on their truck beds to fill a small arms depot, a handful of U.S. Army robots stormed through the battlefield of the fictional ci … ⌘ Read more

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New Spectre V2 Attack Impacts Linux Systems On Intel CPUs
An anonymous reader shared this report from BleepingComputer:

Researchers have demonstrated the “first native Spectre v2 exploit” for a new speculative execution side-channel flaw that impacts Linux systems running on many modern Intel processors. Spectre V2 is a new variant of the original Spectre attack discovered by a team of researchers at the VUSec grou … ⌘ Read more

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US Government Says Recent Microsoft Breach Exposed Federal Agencies to Hacking
From the Washington Post:

The U.S. government said Thursday that Russian government hackers who recently stole Microsoft corporate emails had obtained passwords and other secret material that might allow them to breach multiple U.S. agencies.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, an arm of the Departme … ⌘ Read more

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‘Defeated’ CEO’s Finally Concede Hybrid Working Is Here to Stay
“After a year of cracking down with rigid return-to-office mandates, defeated CEOs are now finally accepting that hybrid working is here to stay,” reports Fortune:

KPMG surveyed U.S. CEOs of companies turning over at least $500 million and found that just one-third expect a full return to the office in the next three years.

So it’s official: Leaders wh … ⌘ Read more

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73-Year-Old Clifford Stoll Is Now Selling Klein Bottles
O’Reilly’s “Tech Trends” newsletter included an interesting item this month:

Want your own Klein Bottle? Made by Cliff Stoll, author of the cybersecurity classic The Cuckoo’s Egg, who will autograph your bottle for you (and may include other surprises).

First described in 1882 by the mathematician Felix Klein, a Klein bottle (like a Mobius strip) has a one-side … ⌘ Read more

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Google Finally Launches Android’s ‘Find My Device’ Network
This week the new “Find My Device” feature rolled out to Android devices around the world, starting in the U.S. and Canada.

“With a new, crowdsourced network of over a billion Android devices, Find My Device can help you find your misplaced Android devices and everyday items quickly and securely,” according to a Google blog post.
ZDNet explains:

Although Goog … ⌘ Read more

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